Australian Bureau of Statistics
Unpaid work questions on the Census
During the conduct of the 2001 Census, in response to community representations, the Government asked the Australian Bureau of Statistics to consider including unpaid work questions in the 2006 Census.
These questions will assist in understanding the contribution of unpaid work to Australian society. This will help in the planning of local facilities, services such as day care and occasional care, and in the provision of information and support to carers, by identifying where these services are needed.
They will also help increase understanding of the way Australian individuals and families balance their paid work and other important aspects of their lives, such as family and community commitments.
And they will also add to information about the amount of unpaid work people do, including domestic activities, helping family, friends or neighbours and volunteering, that will be available through the Time Use Survey.
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This page first published 25 May 2006, last updated 25 July 2008